My Name Is Long as a River

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Kaveri Thanjavur Jayalakshmi Ganesan, lovingly known as “Kav,” is apprehensive about her long name. Her Paati (grandmother) often reminds her that her name is a testament to her family’s rich heritage, the place where her people originated, and the revered river Kaveri. As they embark on a train journey to the Pushkaram festival, a celebration held every twelve years to honor the river’s blessings, Kaveri’s understanding of the beauty and significance of her name deepens, filling her with joy and appreciation.

My Name Is Long as a River is Suma Subramaniam’s lyrical ode to the charm and elegance of traditional South Indian culture, an offering to young readers of Indian descent. Readers from other ethnicities will benefit from learning about the rich tradition of giving names and the importance of honoring how one prefers to be called. Illustrator Tara Anand brings the story to life with colorful palettes.

Children of various ethnic and racial groups who grow up in the West are often expected to assimilate and hide their differences, which can include changing or Anglicizing their names. The “Getting the Name Right” section in the book is a valuable resource, offering practical tips for readers of all ages to learn how to educate others about their name and culture. It also includes a list of tips that promote respect for all names and identities, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures.

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Author Suma Subramaniam, Tara Anand
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 48 pages
Publisher Penguin Young Readers Group
Publish Date 28-May-2024
ISBN 9780593522936 Buy this Book
Issue June 2024
Category Children's